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CSA’s Fallout: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

Overdrive's 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

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POLL: Would you support a detention-pay mandate?

Following the Obama administration's inclusion of a mandate for detention pay equal to or greater than the minimum wage in its draft highway bill, this poll probes the debate over the measure.

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Amid government shutdown furor, a tap on the sleep apnea brakes

For now. There are indications that Congressional mandating of FMCSA taking a rulemaking approach to any apnea regulation would slow the process down, though some readers didn't see it that way.

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Will you participate in the ‘Truckers Ride for the Consitution?’

The "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" Facebook page has been calling drivers to participate in an Oct. 11 Washington, D.C., area convoy, demonstrations around the country through the 13th and more, likewise a buy-nothing solidarity gesture from the general public. Will you take part? Or not hardly...

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Hot Button: What would be the No. 1 effect of a wide owner-operator shutdown?

Opinion on the potential effects resulting from a wide shutdown has varied widely among Overdrive readers -- from a solid negative for truckers' public image to political leverage on regs.

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Wanted: Smarter, simpler, more streamlined trucking regulations

This op-ed by Colorado trucking association head Greg Fulton argues for "eliminat any unnecessary or outdated regulations. At the same time, we need to streamline the existing ones."

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Readers to government: ‘Clamp down on homeland spying’

A large majority of Overdrive readers favor limitations on the much-debated NSA spying effort.

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Hours changes premium: $300 down, more to come…

Wendy details losses incurred directly as a result of the new hours of service changes: "As of the 10th, we've lost approximately $300 due directly to the new laws."

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CARB mandate: ‘Government working against us’

From raising rates to running in the Golden State no longer, owner-operators sound off on methods of dealing with and impacts real and potential of CARB's powertrain upgrade requirements.

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Crashes and interventions: CSA’s crash flaw

Independent owner-operators have the lowest rate of truck-involved crashes but are far more likely to be put out of service than drivers for carriers with 500 or more trucks, which have a higher crash rate.

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